Earlier this year we came across Piptanthus nepalensis (Evergreen laburnum) at the Duchy or Cornwall Nursery and just had to buy one. P nepalensis is a spring flowering shrub with large bluish green oblong palmate leaves. In April and May the shrub bears masses of vanilla scented, golden yellow pea flowers.
Coming from The Himalayas, (Himachal Pradesh to SW China) and growing at at altitudes of 2100-3600 P nepalensis has a reasonable degree of hardyness, although is sometimes reported otherwise, certainly hardy enough to be worth growing in our garden. I had hoped to buy another next time we are in Cornwall but rather fortunately spotted a plant in a local garden centre. An early Christmas present to myself!
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